How To Shrink and Extend Volume in Windows

Last Updated On : Sunday, September 6, 2015
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I came across many windows users daily and most of the windows users are not aware of the Shrink and Extend Volume functionality available in the recent versions of windows operating system like Windows 7/8/8.1. Some of the users are aware of the functionality, but they don’t know how to work with it. Hence i decided to make a tutorial to make this process easy. Shrink and Extend Volume is one of the notable feature from Microsoft and with this one can easily change to free space from one volume to other in few seconds.

How To Steps To Shrink Volume:

1. Go To Run and type “compmgmt.msc” (without quotes).
2. Now in the computer management windows, navigate to “Disk Management” under “Storage” on the left sidebar.

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3. Here you can the detailed information about your disk volumes.
4. Right Click on the Volume you want to shrink and select “Shrink Volume”

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5. Now in the pop up windows, the system will show how much space you can shrink or you can enter the amount of volume to shrink and click on “Shrink” button.

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6. Within few seconds the process will complete and the shrinked volume will be separated.

Note : By default windows allow to create 4 drive volumes only. Using the shrinked volume, you can create new volume if you have only 3 volumes already, else add it to the existing drive volume.

How To Steps To Extended Volume:

1. Go To Run and type “compmgmt.msc” without quotes.
2. Now in the computer management windows, navigate to “Disk Management” under “Storage” on the left sidebar.
3. Here you can the detailed information about your disk volumes.
4. Right Click on the Volume you want to Extend or add the free space and select “Extend Volume

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5. In the pop up windows, click “Next” to start.
6. Now from the available free space, choose the amount you want to add and click “Next

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7. Confirm and click “Finish
8. Within few seconds the process will complete and the volume will now added to the existing drive volume.

Checkout Video Tutorial :

Note : I have made this tutorial on Windows 8.1 and it was tested on Windows 8 and 7.

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